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Old 07-17-2005, 01:05 AM   #1
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Help me with install


First off im a major noob, and i wanted to try out Mandriva, mabye it's not my thing, i seem to have installed fine and i get to a screen that says localhost login, and i login, but then how do i access Gnome/KDE? I told it to install every possible thing.

I have only messed wround with ubuntu, and i was wondering, does mandriva, have a GUI login like ubuntu does?

So can someone help me? or is this not for a noob?
 
Old 07-17-2005, 03:16 AM   #2
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I hope you chose to install gnome/KDE at install time.

If you did, you should be able to start the graphical interface with startx once you have logged in.

If this works, edit the file /etc/inittab , find the line that says "id:3:initdefault:" or similar, and change it to "id:5:initdefault:", then you will boot to the graphical interface.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 09:53 AM   #3
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i remember when installing, the list of stuff it lets you choose from, i picked everything. It said something about Gnome, KDE, and other graphical enviroments. I just choose all 3.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 10:00 AM   #4
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Well, go ahead and try startx then.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 10:35 AM   #5
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also when it boots, at first it shows that screen where when insatlling where it says "press enter to install" or "F* for more options", its blue and has tux on it, well it shows it when booting and says Linux then under that it says Failsafe. Waht does that mean, and i can assume its not good.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 10:37 AM   #6
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great, now i used startx and it says, out of range, i assume that's cause i set the resoultion too high during install? Dunno why it won't support 1280x1024, i choose that for everything that asked for a resoultion. Guess its time for another install.

Edit: screw it, i don't feel like another install, anyway to fix this problem. I use to run it in 1152x864, when i ran windows so that should work, is there a command from the localhost login that i could type to change the resoultion?

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Old 07-17-2005, 12:00 PM   #7
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If it says "Press enter to install or F8 for more options", then you are booting from the install CD: You should have removed this when you were asked to!

Normally you'll get a menu from lilo, the linux bootloader and you just choose "Linux".

"Out of range" means that you have selected your monitor/video card for a horiz/vert sync rate that your monitor cannot handle. It is possible to fix this from the command line by editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf (just search this site, the button is at the top of this page!), but as you are a new newbie, perhaps the easiest thing is to go through the install again, and be very careful to make sure you have set up your video card and monitor correctly! When you get it right, you will boot straight into KDE. And very nice it is too!

So, another install (don't worry, the first time I installed linux, I did this about 5 times before I began to get the hang of it!). My general recommendations for Mandriva 2005LE:

When you get to the "What to install" selection screen, I chose:

Everything in the left hand screen column (Including "Development" - so you'll get the kernel sourcecode which is needed for many other things later).

KDE & Gnome only from the bottom right of the screen. I chose not to install printer or netwoek servers and the like (a potential security risk until you know what you are doing, and they are easy to install later).

Let it install all this stuff. Choose yourself a SECURE root password, and make an account for yourself. Do not "Allow automatic login for one user": It has always caused me problems.

Sometime you'll get to a "Configure Hardware" screen, with a list of your hardware. Most things will be configured for you, but as you have had trouble, please check the configuration of your monitor and videocard. Once you have got into this section, there's an option to test your display. If the screen looks like a rainbow, click OK, otherwise you'll be returned to the previous screen to get it correctly set up.

Lastly, it'll ask you to

Remove the CD ROM and press enter to reboot

so it is a good idea to remove the CD ROM (or DVD), otherwise you wil be back where you started.

Persevere, you'll get there in the end.

Edit:

PS: If you have your printer turned on and plugged in, and your Ethernet cable to your modem plugged in and turned on, this should all be configured for you as you do the install.

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Old 07-17-2005, 01:16 PM   #8
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LOL.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 07:31 PM   #9
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i thought resoultion had to do with the PC, i don't know what this monitor can handle, it's pretty old. Well back to installing again.

Edit: I did remove the CD, and stuff, and hit reboot, but when it starts up it goes to that screen and says Linux then under that Failsafe, then has a timer that counts down for 5 seconds, then it loads mandriva.

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Old 07-17-2005, 10:11 PM   #10
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kool, everything is running smoothly now, thnx for the help.
 
Old 07-17-2005, 11:52 PM   #11
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stupid question but how do i shutdown. When logged into KDE/Gnome, i only have the logout function, not shutdown.
 
Old 07-18-2005, 02:01 AM   #12
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As usual with linux, there are several ways to do everything.

To shutdown:

From KDE: K - Logout - You then get a choice: Start new Session / Shutdown / Reboot.

From a terminal : halt, reboot or poweroff (See man halt )

----------lilo----------

When lilo offers you the boot menu, you'll have several choices:

Linux = the usual linux with KDE / Gnome etc.
Linux Failsafe = bare-bones linux, minimal drivers etc, for emergency maintenance.
Maybe others (eg windows, if you have it)

Once lilo offers you the boot menu, ou have 10 sec to move the cursor with the arrow keys to select which one you want, then press return. If you do not hit any arrow keys, it will boot to the highlighted default after 10 sec.

You can change the default timeout, and default boot by editing
/etc/lilo.conf : the file format is pretty obvious, or you can see man lilo.conf . If you make changes here, you need to re-run lilo, so they are recognised and remembered. Do this by running /sbin/lilo (usually as root).

Have fun.
 
Old 07-18-2005, 12:42 PM   #13
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like i said in my first post i have only messed with ubuntu, and it had gnome, and all i did was goto the menu, and click logout, and it gave me all the choices you mentioned, but mandriva isn't doing that it just says in KDE, "Are your sure you want to logout", then "Yes" or "No", and in Gnome, logout, and under that "Ok" and "Cancel". That's whats weird, but i guess i can just do stuff from terminal, until i figure out whats wrong.
 
  


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